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Nation Building and Haiti:

January 23rd, 2010
12:11 AM ET

Filed under:  1 • Haiti
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Bill McIntyre

    Why is it our responsibility or any other nations responsibility to rebuild Haiti? And thanks for putting Jeffrey Sachs on to tell the world how the US is responsible for the downfall of Haiti.

    January 23, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  2. greg thomas

    we have enough billioniares here in usa lets hire tens of thousands of folks 12 to 15 hrs cordinate humanitarin relief efforts that are mindful and respectful of that helping our fellow man is helping ourselves we have the technology and human resources to pull it off few people come to mind steve jobs, bill gates, oprah massive project andi know it could work . folks would give thier all and would not have to worry about back home and complete mission at hand helping to rebuild haiti tremendous tremendous tremendou task at hand with that comes tremendous responsibility, and gratification,honor ,respect and the love of the world solidify in the annals of time ,historically honored,true humanitarian

    January 23, 2010 at 2:05 am | Reply
  3. Zammer

    Americans did not vote against the Dems. or for the Reps. They voted against the incumbent and will continue to do so until Washington changes course. We're angry because because the politicians continue to pander and posture while the country crumbles. Time to step out of the selfish, short-sighted bubble and do the right thing.

    January 23, 2010 at 2:05 am | Reply
  4. peter murphy

    The US should lead the way in implementing a Marshall Plan-style recovery for Haiti to help the Haitians become a functioning state again. The benefits to Haiti are obvious; for the US, perhaps it would restore some respect from others around the world.

    January 23, 2010 at 2:32 am | Reply
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    January 23, 2010 at 2:43 am | Reply
  6. Walt

    Would we prefer to have goods manufactured by distant, repressive, communist China or Haiti? How about it, WalMart?

    January 23, 2010 at 7:33 am | Reply
  7. lori

    iam saddened by the images especially the children of haiti but iam about sick to death of movie stars begging the us people for money when we are struggling ourselves. where are the telethons for our homeless,missing children,children abused,children sold into sex trade. i decided after katrina i would only give to our tragities, how many nations and un countries gave to us during all of our disasters? is it true we give haiti millions of dollars a year? if so where did that money go? why was there not atleast some kind of emergency program in place and if we give them money why didnt the us ckeck just where the money was being spent? the american people need to know the facts. im tired of countries not likeing us unless they need money. God save the children of haiti because its gonna get ugly and out of control well probably have a hard time getting the volunteers out .

    January 23, 2010 at 8:13 am | Reply
  8. DebG

    I feel sorry for the Haitians, but nation building in this respect is just a financial sinkhole. The video describes what was done for Germany and its success, but the world has been plowing money and aid into Haiti for donkey years with no success. It's apples and oranges when comparing the two countries. It sounds altruistic, but unless some country takes over Haiti, the money will be wasted. I find it unlikely that a country with a high level of illiteracy and corruption has much hope without a takeover. Honestly, aid into Haiti needs to be overseen by western organizations, and employ Haitians in the reconstruction of its infrastructure (using western standards) to build viable skills. Western countries, such as the US and EU countries, have been complicit the the wholesale theft of indigent countries' wealth by their elite by allowing these thieves to purchase real estate, creating bank accounts, and allowing their privileged children to be welcomed into expensive educational institutions.

    And to talk about the "elephant in the room", another component of aid needs to be birth control as population control is what separates the 3rd and 4th world countries from industrialized countries. It's an issue of quality over quantity. And obviously another important aspect is education for the masses.

    I've had it with political correctness and I'm tired of the responsibility the US has to fund the inept policies in Africa, Mexico and other corrupt countries.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  9. Cliff Ash

    Most would agree on the urgency for humanitarian aid to the area. However, the question must be asked."Why pour money into a state which has the limited economic benefit of Haiti?" What is the benefit to the United States? Why are we to automatically assume it as our role?

    No nation can be isolated in this, or any other time. However, we need to have serious discussions about our economic priorities, especially with two wars, and pressing domestic issues of unprecedented historic importance.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:01 am | Reply
  10. John Andrejack

    With the recent tragedy in Haiti, I've had cause to think back and ask myself why has Haiti been such an unstable and poor nation when compared to the Dominican Republic which a country on the same island with Haiti. The difference seems to be so drastic, it hard to understand. Why is it so?

    January 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  11. gm

    C'mon now, there wont be any nation building in Haiti. There is nothing there the US or any other nation wants. This earthquake will be long forgotten a month or two from now once the media and celebrities moves onto bigger and better things.

    January 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  12. Oklahomagary

    Nationbuilding in Haiti by the US (not UN), will help us all in the long run.

    January 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  13. Steven

    How can you compare the marshal plan to the Haiti situation, The germans weren't the poorest nation on earth prior to WW2. The only thing we should rebuild is their failed culture.

    January 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  14. philb

    There are many nations who responded to this disaster. CNN sounds like only nations friendly to the US are there. Once they slipped and mentioned a team from China.

    This a world problem not an American problem, so lets take a few minutes of air time to list ALL the countries who have responded to Haiti

    Seems almost like the news is being censored to make it sound like the US is the only country helping...

    January 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  15. Terry Brookman

    Sounds like something else the American tax payer will have to pay for and considering how well we are doing here and other places like Afghanistan it is something else we need to stay away from.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  16. Mario Maurice

    It might be a better idea to rebuilt the 3 best coastal cities of Haiti, best suited for business and development than rebuilding Port-Au-Prince.

    Development, decentralisation, and de-population would result among other desperately needed things.

    Salvaging the airport , the seaport can be added to the rebuilding plan, the remaining parts can be done later on with monies generated from the newly rebuilt cities.

    January 24, 2010 at 12:07 am | Reply
  17. M. Raymond Sheppard

    I hope the Power-That-Be do not end rescue operations too soon and cause the additional deaths of possibly hundreds of people still trapped under the rubble in Haiti.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:40 am | Reply
  18. Fitz Dyer

    Haiti can be and will be rebuilt. Haiti has managed to hold for nearly 200 years against all odds, including racism from foreign, highly industrialized countries, internal socio-economic, and countless other hurdles. And they are still here....

    January 24, 2010 at 3:53 am | Reply
  19. Ramses

    We are a bankrupt nation. We owe trillions of dollors to other countries & in perticular to China. Our people are suffering from unemployment, lack of medical care, broken families, drug addiction, terrorism & many more. Our first prority should be fix our country.

    Helping Haiti at the time of their suffering is a good thing. International community should be involved in it. US can & should offer what best they can & not go overboard. Our governament do not have financial resources to handle it . Big help should come from the private sector. We have lot of rich people & corporations around the world. US, UN & others certainly can help to pull the resources together. Help the people in desperate need.

    January 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  20. nick

    there are some still alive under the rubble, i could feel their pain, while asleep, one with back pain, one with shoulder pain, another with arm pain, the pain is so strong that it woke me up, i hope some of the rescue teams are still there, cause there are more still alive under the rubble, find them and help them please

    January 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  21. DD

    Help with other UN nations, YES. Be responsible, NO. We have an obligation to take care of our own. Where were the telethons for the victims of Hurricane Katrina? Most residents are still displaced. Right here in our own backyard. Or the extreme poverty in the South. The US is a super-power...not a stupid-power. This country does have money but, it's OUR tax money. Mine, yours and our families,,,blood, sweat and tears.

    The Haitians need help in learning birth control. No money, no food, no skills, no job but constantly bearing children into an already oppressed society. Even with all the help, they will still abandon their children for others to take car of. More orphans we don't need. We have our share of orphans right here in the US. Ever think about adopting one of ours instead of going overseas?

    January 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  22. steve

    The United States should finally take responsibility for something other than instigating terrorists and giving other countries another reason to dislike us. The US should take the lead – financially and logistically – in rebuilding Haiti. It doesn't matter that the economy here is a wreck – most people still have jobs, homes, families, etc. Those in Haiti have none of the above. This could be the last chance for the US to do something great...for a change.

    January 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  23. DD

    Just to add to my previous comments: I was born in Trinidad, West Indes. Another small island in the Caribbean BUT, my family and theirs before them all immigrated to the US with the intentions of helping ourselves. Not to be a burden on the US. We have all contributed our fair share of hard work and taxes into this country. I myself, have been in this country since age 5 (now 52), have been fully employed since age 16, graduate of both high school and college, a US Army Veteran. All of my accomplishments has been without any request or assistance from our US government.
    The assistance came from my hard-working mother who brought me to the US. She also immigrated from Trinidad. Case-in-point, our family in the US is used to hard-work NOT hand-outs!.

    January 24, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  24. Nik

    Hey it is not only movie stars. It is real people too. I have my uncle who works for the UN and he is the Chief Engineer. He lost some friends of his and he is depressed. At least he is a hardworking person. CNN needs to show the real people behind the cameras. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a great person. My point is please show the Kids who survived.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  25. Lisa S

    honestly? All I can say after reading these comments is Americans really still do think they rule the world and they are the only ones that matter...we are a global society we will be judged on how we take care of the weakest and most vulnerable among us! people are suffering and dying by no fault of there own or there governments they are suffering from a natural disaster! America you need to get your head out of the sand and stop feeling/thinking your country is the only one that matters if not for hitting the birth lottery Bill you could be laying under a pile of rubble right now hoping for some relief...god bless and may you never be caught in such a tragedy and need such help because if the world was run by people like you Bill no help would be coming...I am a proud Canadian and so proud of all the donations raised by my country and the support our armed forces and private citizen's as well as our governments commitment to Haiti

    January 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  26. Ayse_London

    Why are people like George Clooney, Madonna, Bill Clinton, and CNN preaching to us to give 'anything we can from $5 to more" yet they DON'T want us to give blankets and clothing. If these people and organsiations cannot garuntee that donated blankets and clothing can get delivered effectively, how the hell are they/CNN garunteeing that every penny/cent is going to practical use?

    January 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  27. Ayse_London

    My question is this: Is Obama granting all the adopted children free heathcare?

    January 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  28. Michael Shores

    We will engage in "nation building" in Haiti. Foreign loadn, much of it from the U.S, will be used to build a new tourist destination for those wealthy enough to enjoy it. The construction jobs will be farmed out to Haliburton and other contractors. A few Haitians will get low paying jobs cleaning rooms and pouring drinks. The Haitians will also be saddled with the debt. And ordinary hard working Americans will pay for it.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  29. Jakarta/Manila/Toronto

    "Functioning leaders on the ground on the inside" – this is key, in order to foster sustainable development. For the future, it is easier to say: after the emergency relief, the short-term rebuilding of infrastructure and housing, one important long term goal should be to foster a functioning educational system for future domestic development and fostering future leaders, as well as to improve lives of everyday citizens.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  30. Francis J. O'Reilly

    Perhaps the best reason for nation building is to stop Haiti from exporting it's crime to the US. Who can forget the false death ceritficates that flowed from Haiti. This is the same conceptual reason we are engaged in Afghanistan. In order to have a stable world, we need to eliminate breeding grounds for criminal behavior that can reach our shores.

    Francis J. O'Reilly

    January 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  31. Olritch

    As Haitian, a nation building will only be effective if another country takes over. Countries, for as long as I can remember, have been given money to the Haitian gov't but no success has been made. The officials came poor to power poor and leave rich.... houses and big bank accounts overseas. So I'd like to see a new Haiti but not with Haitians in charge.

    The UN or US should take charge because they've always been there; their presence will make the transition more easier. And I think PAP should only be a financial district... and let Jacmel, Cape Haitien, Gonave Island and Latortue be tourist's attraction.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  32. jona

    Let Chavez rebuild Haiti. It is a horrible place. If they can't help themselves then no one can help them. Real world. Real truth.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  33. illana

    It's pretty much like Africa. Give, give and give....but look at Africa....the majority of these countries are a complete and utter mess and only the top politicians have it all!! I'm from South Africa and watching this continent kill itself is not fun! I guess we do have to help where we can especially when innocent children are involved, but it's also time that certain countries help themselves.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  34. Nadine B. Hack, President, beCause Global Consulting

    Not only is "nation-building" not a dirty word but if we did more of it through aid and trade, we'd be involved in fewer wars. We also would be using our resources for sustainable development rather than cleaning up problems, which is a piece-meal endeavor.

    January 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  35. Dianne

    My heavens! Is that the best the U.S. Amb to Haiti, Kenneth Merten, can come up with? Tent cities?

    And, pray tell what happens when rainy season begins in June?

    Tents stand up really well in Tropical Storm winds & Hurricanes – NOT.

    Thank goodness the Canadians have taken the initiative to lead the conference on "reconstruction" in Montreal tomorrow!

    And, remember, it's Haitians rebuilding their country. Not the other way round. Listen to people.

    January 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  36. Cheryl L.

    This is a difficult situation, to say the least. On the one hand, one might argue that the US already has sufficient domestic and international obligations. Diverting attention away from them and toward Haiti raises questions of priorities and efficacy, especially in the long-run.

    However, should the US and its allies decide to pull back once the initial work has been completed, then a vacuum emerges for some other entity to fill it. The idea that forces unfriendly to the US could find fertile ground in Haiti does not bode well.

    January 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  37. JAMEZ

    Hati will be re-built, BUT >>> The corrupt, incompetent government should not be involved. The UN should handle all the contracts and money . Those people will be subject to investigation so that heads roll in the event of corruption.

    Hati needs IMMEDIATE POPULATION CONTROL for the next several

    January 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply

    The reason that "nation building" has such a nasty taste to most of the world is that the U. S. has used "might makes right" during the last decade to build nations. We need to shed the big bully image and help nations to rebuild on their own terms. This will help to build friends in this hemisphere and throughout the world rather than the enemies and mistrust that exists up to now.

    Richard Sternberg

    January 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  39. Mark

    Build is always a better word than destroy. undoubtedly, Haiti is going to need the world's help to overcome this devastation. I would recommend a world committee needs to be organized to point out the goals of rebuilding and educating the Haitian people on structure. Structure has been lacking in this country for decades, so much so that it has become part of the Haitian culture. Haitian are strong people and it's clearly visible as you travel the country. The Haitians need direction and needs to learn to take directions. The process would include setting up the government services from scratch to include hospitals, libraries, schools, clinics, law enforcement groups, etc. The majority of Haitians want change, but for them change comes when they leave the country. We need to give the Haitians a reason to stay in the country and watch the changes take place in their country. Make building a part of their culture.

    January 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  40. Blair in Canada

    It is nice seeing countries help haitit and I just watched ms Amanpour discuss Haiti's problems and basically started from 1915 when american troops first entered haiti.
    Remember in 1776 America won its war of liberation fro England, and was helped by France and a contingent of 5000 haitians who fought and died for america, well in 1804 the slaves in Haiti revolted and threw the French out of haiti, and appealed to america the country it helped found and free for help, well needless to say america backed Fance who was also americas ally and america owed, and france in a settlement treaty was allowed to access huge reparations on the haitians, backed by America, America wasnt going to help haiti a nation of former slaves, when americas economy was soo dependant on slaves itself so they did everything possible to stop haiti from succeeding basically until 1865 when the north won the civil war, but still america never helped haiti, and how can america criticize other countries when 1/3 of their own people didnt get all the civil liberties till 1964 with the Civil Rights act passed by President Lyndon Johnnson, and the black folks entered americas main stream, but poor Haiti never recovered from its battles at independence and how it was treated by a country it helped free and expected better treatment to be sure.

    January 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  41. Stewart Parkinson

    Is Haiti a dry run for Cuba when Castro goes?
    What is the endgame for the US in Haiti Bering in mind the lack of planning in Iraq, Serbia and Kosova?

    January 24, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  42. Blair in Canada

    I see many folks saying america should stay out and mind its own affairs as america cant afford to be in Haiti, well most of world is Happy that at times like this america is always the first conytry there with aid, even when in BAM Iran, the Iranians allowed american planes in because they knew america would be good and not argue politics at this time.
    But America, when you had your disasters you had help too, on 9/11 129 canadians died immediately after the disaster thousands of canadian police and firemen came to NYC to help their brothers in their times of need, and rescue teams with their dogs came , and many stayed in fact over 1000 canadian personell stayed with their american brethern sifting through the rubbles looking for remains possessions anything they could as the junk was being hauled away for over a year , when Hurrican katrina happened canada gave over 300 millions of dollars and sent navy ships laoded with food water medical supplies tents whatever may have been needed, and military crews worked with the army corp of engineers on the levies to trya nd hold them left rebuild and build back up, canada spent about 750 million in america during Hurrican katrina, america is our cousin and when family gets hurt family is there to help and help we did, yet so many americans cry saying no one helps america in their time of need, well America Canada did!!
    When the disaster in haiti happened president Obama said america is giving 100 millions in aid canada chirped in and gave 50 million and on any donations we give to red cross samartians purse oxfam whatever our goverment will match dollar for dollar, and from what I heard today from red cross Canadians have donated a couple hundred millions already, not bad for a country 10% the size of america we have 33 millions in our land america has 330 millions plusand our govt will match dollar for dollar so if we donated 250 million we will give 500 muillion dollars because the govt of canada will match the 250 million with taxpayers money so for haiti its a win win situation,
    In Canada haiti is a vauable friend, canada is a country which is meber of the british commonwealth where the queen is head of state so in canada as the queens represenative we have a Govenor General who is our head of state military commander in chief, and our GG now is Michelle jean who is a canadian but was born in Haiti so the disaster has hit in the highest levels in canadam and there are over 100 thousand plus haitians in Quebec supporting their familes back home now total disaster and they are devestated and trying to help..
    One comment regarding so many children in haiti, look at who controls haiti the catholic Church and the catholic church doesnt support birth control or abortions so haiti is a country of 9 million people but is big enough for about 7 million, the church has to realise that something has to be done or Haiti will collapse on itself implode starvation . they said there were 400 thousand orphans in Port au prince before the earth quake, thats more than all of america and its only 9 million population base to draw from, where as america is 330 millions, so women have babies and give to orphanages as they cant look after and support the baby, they dont know any better the church needs to become a better steward of hatian society and show hatians how to save their country

    January 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  43. Kam

    In my short years on Earth I've learned that there will always be naysayers in everything, and then there are the people who don't worry if it can be done but how. The people in the latter category tend to be the most successful, they are the risk takers but it's not reckless risk taking.

    The typical person who looks at Haiti will say it can never be done, and will give you a long list of why it can't. The smart person will look at Haiti, look at past problems and come up with solutions. (Haitians do the latter day by day with what little they have.)

    For this reason I don't believe that any government should be involved in Haiti's rebuilding. The bureaucracy, red tape and cautious nature will produce mediocre results. I say give the job to Haitians and to private organizations and companies that are willing to work with Haitians to improve their country.

    January 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  44. Sandra K Knapp

    I have nothing but sympathy for the people of Haiti an I have donated to both Unicef and the Red Cross. However, the USA cannot continue to be the policeman, the bank a nd the nation builder of the world. We have enormous problems here! There a people in my own community who have lost the jobs, their homes and do not have enough food to eat. Why is it that the USA has more resources to giveto Haiti than our own citizens. We certainly DID NOT the same kind of response after Katrina from our own government, that we are now seeing from our government in Haiti. I am not an isolationist. I understan d the need for world involvement. I do not understand why this government focuses more on the poor people outside our boarders than in. I believe in personal responsibility. However, there are people here in the United States, who through no fault of their own have lost everything because of the economic mess is this country. Who gets the most help? The bankers and wallstreet! Come on, lets

    January 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  45. Miriam Parsons de Hostos

    The Spiritual Spectrum…The Biblical dilemma of the Nation of Haiti:

    Blessings and Curses are laid before every nation and all of mankind; but Haiti’s centuries of Spiritual Voodoo curses the land with a unusual spiritual WARFARE. The worship-mixture of Christianity with Voodoo limits a nation’s blessings.

    God & Government:
    President Bertrand Aristede is in part responsible for recognizing Voodoo as an official religion in April 8, 2003; government authority seven years ago. This declaration gave the spiritual warfare powers against Christianity and spiritual blessings. Haiti, also has the continued mystery of the logistics of God & Government within the dimension of the Bermuda Triangle.

    Biblical Science Warfare Mystery…The Bermuda Triangle:
    1- Bermuda…God & Throne, origin
    2- United States…God & Government
    3- Haiti…God and Satan

    God & Science:
    ALL of Science adheres to the directives and commands of a sovereign creator. The Lord God rules over all facets of creation. God alone sees and knows the future. In the Bible, God, numerous times ordered, allowed, and directed many deadly earthquakes, floods, storms, meteorites… to list a few. The U.S. Constitution also reads of NATURE’S GOD; “nature” does not stand alone. God’s permissive “will” renders the force of nature’s path.
    It is written…”My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

    From: Miriam Parsons de Hostos/ writer/author/Biblical science/ creation science / intelligent design
    God bless,

    January 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  46. Elisabeth Thebaud

    I have been watching the news and your reports about Haiti. Most of the relief efforts are in Port-au-Prince. I have not heard any news about Petit-Goave, in the south of the island. Many have perished and there are hundreds of people sleeping outside in the streets. the hospital is also on the ground and there are many that are hurt. Please, let the authorities know so they can send reliefs...

    God Bless

    January 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  47. DebG

    I totally disagree with having the UN direct the efforts in Haiti. Most of the UN efforts are as inept and corrupt as the any other 3rd world countries, except they act morally superior. The world objects to the US taking the lead in many areas, e.g. Bosnia and Indonesia, but the UN has been impotent to make any inroads in troublespots such as Sudan. What has the UN and other aid organizations done except perpetuate handouts?

    I also disagree with opening our country to Haitian immigration. At this point the earthquake will be the best thing that's happened to that country because they won't be coming as illegals. How many illiterates can this country accomodate? And, at this point, how much are we willing to pay in additional welfare and why would we grant US citizenship to their children will be born here? Think about it, immigrants get more benefits (scholarships, etc.) than indigent Americans (both white and minorities) who have been in this country for generations, and we need to shout, "THAT'S NOT RIGHT!"

    Our politicians are idiots and that's why this country will continue to decline. We are not selective in our immigration policies. I know the Catholic church tries to influence our policies, so I say that we send a big planeload of them to the Vatican.

    January 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  48. Hope

    I hope that the money that will help build Haiti will not be handed off to the Haitians government. As a concerned Haitian and from what I have seen in the past, any aid that the government received to help the people (build hospitals, schools and the infrastructure), have been taken...All the governements in Haiti, have been corrupted and while the people in the government get rich, the mass get poorer...

    I am not sure that if the international community gives the money to the haitian government they will manage it properly without corruption.
    I believe that the international community needs to be the leaders in the reconstruction of Haiti.
    Even if Haiti was making progress before the earthquake, the mass of people, did not have food and jobs. While the government was paying back some of its debt, it did not do plenty for the people. some of the roads were fixed but unemployement worsen. This is how Haiti was making progress...It was going to explode at some time...

    January 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  49. Martin Jose

    100,000,000 dollars will build 75,000 homes with the future at stake for these people this jesture of help is what they need,as regard to th e outstanding dept why dont they do what all outer countries do give consecciones and free land for the build and use this to offset the loan
    if then can get thousands of foreign contracts to rebuld iraq then the build program in haiti is much easier as there are no conflicts or security treats there is now more at stake,what an opertunity to rebuild one of the more beautiful place close to the most richest place on the earth

    January 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  50. basmarc,snr

    Thank you Amanpour for all the updates.
    concerning nation building ,the whole world is responsible for that on Haiti dilemma.
    with the US taking the lead because they are a force to reckon with.

    January 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  51. Natasha Borno

    In truth, the only nation built from nation building is the imperial one–in this case, the U.S. The U.S. grows as the noble savior and the handout-giver while constructing Haiti as a dependent, helpless, hopeless state. The "building" has already began; I hear it in the reporting and the negative opinions of Haiti. "Nation building" is no more than the modern term for "imperial colonialism," and it comes at the expense of Haiti's reputation and history as an artistic, independent country.

    January 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  52. Monica Smothers

    greg thomas January 23rd, 2010 205 GMT

    I could not have said it better.


    January 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  53. William A. De Paris

    Dear Mrs. Amanpour:

    Can you please divulge the facts about Cuban Medical Aid and Venezuelan Aid in the first days of the Haiti tragedy?
    Cuban Doctors have done an incredible job!
    Both Cuba and Venezuela have done a lot and they deserve equal credits.
    Looking forward to seeing in the news, and if not is there an internal censure, that precludes you from reporting facts about nations that our government do not agree with?

    January 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  54. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    I look towards the day when I go to the store and purchase some goods with a labels 'Made In Haiti'. If by chance I need medical help, my Doctor recomends the finest medical treatment center in the world in Haiti to cure my affliction. Should my dwelling or place of business come tumbling upon me, entrapping me for hours and days, I hope the first faces I see are Haitians who have traveled to my far away land just for the chance to bring me out alive. The moral to this story is to give the Haitians tools, supplies, knowledge and perhaps a million shoulders to cry upon while they rebuild their country to the highest of standards to their own satisfaction. Someday most certainly disasters of similar magnitudes will strike the USA without warning. I can only hope the Haitians will have gained the ability to come to our aid.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:12 am | Reply
  55. wtholt

    Let's vent yet understand that our opinions may spice, yet will not alter reality. We are all voicing our various views and "takes" on Haiti, though have only the media information provided via the news services. I believe that the various governments involved in the disaster efforts are doing the very best they can considering the daunting situation. Stop blaming the various countries and groups for events and action that aren't within their control.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:43 am | Reply
  56. Will Shirley

    Haiti would be better off if some other country helps them rebuild. America's paradigm has failed and the country is in decline. To mirror our society in Haiti would doom them to a life worse than they had before. Another aspect of the Haitian disaster might want to be addressed and it is actually significant: the oceans are slated to rise between 3'-10'. All coastal cities will be affected, including New York, Washington, Boston etc. We might want to see any new construction placed in a way to avoid another disaster. We might want to build the buildings to withstand the newer, stronger hurricanes, too. We might just decide to nuke the island and dare the world to say anything. I'm sure Rush and Newt would agree, they've already suggested as much. Maybe we could buy the Haitian orphans for dog meat! Some big corporation could turn a good profit, and that is after all what we all live for in Amerika.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:47 am | Reply
  57. Sasha

    For all of those suggesting birth control, Haiti is a Catholic nation and Catholics believe that life begins at conception and only ends at a natural death.

    Our disordered society isn't a good model for other countries.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:14 am | Reply
  58. Nick

    Look, I've been to Haiti before. I don't need to be told it's an extremely poor country facing many challenges. But, I don't recall anything at all from the Haitian corner after Katrina. Or 9/11 for that matter.
    Is it petty? I guess I can see how one could see it that way. But on the other hand, we here in the U.S. always go on about responsibility and accountability. Does a country get a pass on that if they're financially challenged?

    January 25, 2010 at 3:22 am | Reply
  59. Floriane Momplaisir

    As a Haitian-American I would like to comment about the interview that Christiane Amanpour had with the Assistant Secretary of the UN. I think that a wage of $3.00 per day for Haitians to clean the streets of Port-au-Prince is not fare at all. This is an inhumane proposition combined with a lack of respect and dignity for the people of Haiti. In this 21st century, change should be at all levels. The lives of Haitians should be changed for good now. If the UN are willing to assist these already destitute individuals, it should be for the best. Three dollars a day cannot feed a single person, what about a family? How will they feed their children? Should they always be at the mercy of others, begging for help? They deserve more. Mr. Assistant Secretary, exploitation should not be a part of this deal. Think about the consequences of this hard work such as asbestos that poor Haitians will have to suffer. Surely, there will be a contract signed between the employer and the worker. Subsequent to the term of labor, what condition of living will the Haitian laborers benefit?

    Although all employees are not subject to receive an equivalent salary for the work they perform, I believe that each worker has the right to be paid at a reasonable price for his/her job. However, many will receive more than they deserve while the poor man will be sweating inthe hot sun for only $3 a day. Isn't that awful and tightfisted?

    The UN should not view the cost of living according to the unacceptable price of $1 per day that Haitians live on.
    The cost of living in this 21st Century is hard on a global level and it is not getting better, especially in the poor countries. Please give them the assistance they deserve in the name of change so the world can be a better place for each individual.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:30 am | Reply
  60. Rick Atha

    Why rebuild Haiti?
    Because it is the right thing to do.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:32 am | Reply
  61. Ikram Khan

    There is doubt about Haiti earthquake among the circles who know about RF wave...the earthquakes could be man-made using the destructive physics similar to HAARP. Ground Radio Tomography use 30 watt Radio frequency wave beamed into ground to find oil and gas reservoirs below the ground.Each layers of the earth has its own frequency when RF is beamed direct into ground these layers start vibrating,If you do this with billion watt RF wave the vibration can be so violent that it can even cause an earthquake.
    It has now been disclosed that Haiti has massive Oil reserves exceeding those of Venezuala, as well as other valuable mineral resources, and with the Haitian government and its infrastructure totally destroyed, the U.S. is taken advantage of the chaos.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:01 am | Reply
  62. Mike

    Why can't the soldiers deployed to Haiti, enlist the strong young men of that nation to help distribute food, water and medical supplies?
    On all the news broadcast, all I see is the soldiers doing all the work while the eager citizens of Haiti sit on the side-line and wait. The Haitians are strong resilient people, why don't we utilize them to help expedite the recovery process. By enlisting the citizens to help distribute food, water and medical supplies would empower the people and help them regain some sense of control of their lives.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:02 am | Reply
  63. brightmike

    The US has been "nation building" in Haiti forever. We tried to help Haiti get on its feet in the 90s under Pres. Clinton. US troops spent two decades in Haiti from 1915 to 1934 after the Haitian people literally tore their leader to pieces.

    Today, these efforts are branded "invasion" or "interference" and Haitis endless troubles are blamed on the United States.

    Already, in some far-left cricles, the current operation is being called a "military occupation", and in the future and problems in Haiti will be blamed on the US.

    Lets stop nation building, lets give aid to the earthquake victims and get out of there. Let the Haitians build their own country.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  64. Terry Washington State

    Regarding those that question our help to Haiti and whether we received help from other countries....

    From Albania to Yemen, from Norway to Japan, dozens of countries provided a variety of aid. Bush declined an offer from Venezuela and delayed the aid shipments from Russia.

    Some offers were never collected. We also received offers of aid from the U.N. and NATO. The outpouring of help from around the world was amazing.

    It's the right thing to do when others experience heinous disasters.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  65. nicollo ordonez

    we can probably think long-term best in this situation.. US does have resources for nation building but can give it in very limited supplies so as to be to able to push Haiti in helping their people go beyond surviving day-to-day existence... that lesson will help Haiti realize that dependency leads to more dependency and nobody wants this.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  66. Nick

    I've traveled all over the world as a Marine Engineer. BrightMike is dead on right. It's one thing to help quake victims. A very different thing to nation build. I for one doubt seriously the Iraqi's will forever appreciate how our sons died there. Not to mention the British soldiers as well. When we assisted rebuilding Western Europe, we were helping people who inspite of their history of warring with each other, were a very accomplished peoples and societies.
    Haiti is not France.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  67. Nick

    @ Sasha...
    Sasha January 25th, 2010 314 GMT

    For all of those suggesting birth control, Haiti is a Catholic nation and Catholics believe that life begins at conception and only ends at a natural death.

    Our disordered society isn't a good model for other countries.

    -So we must be Catholic to be orderly?

    January 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  68. Nick

    @ Natasha Borno...
    Natasha Borno January 24th, 2010 2145 GMT

    In truth, the only nation built from nation building is the imperial one–in this case, the U.S. The U.S. grows as the noble savior and the handout-giver while constructing Haiti as a dependent, helpless, hopeless state. The "building" has already began; I hear it in the reporting and the negative opinions of Haiti. "Nation building" is no more than the modern term for "imperial colonialism," and it comes at the expense of Haiti's reputation and history as an artistic, independent country.

    -And you're from where??
    I'm just curious if you reside in a country which has ever been the recipient of U.S. Aid -of any form.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  69. Eileen

    It is not the job of the U.S. to rebuild Haiti. The U.S. has nothing to make up to the world for. The world won't appreciate it anyway. Our tax dollars should be spent on reducing our deficit. Time for the Haitians to build their own country. Stop blaming history for your woes. If your government is corrupt, have a revolution and install a new one, like the French Revolution or the American Revolution. And they definitely should not be brought to the U.S. unskilled and uneducated to further drain our system with third world immigrants.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  70. Herb

    DD has it right. Hard work and some guidance will be the best help. For the rest of you, learn how to properly put sentences together for you look like a nation of illiterates.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  71. Robert Sieviec

    I am unemployed and, but for the grace of a few good friends allowing me to couch-surf, homeless as well. I continue to job-hunt but am beginning to wear at the edges with the search. Needless to say, I have concerns more pressing than Haiti. That being said, Haiti seems to me to be the Somalia of the western hemisphere, and I find it difficult to throw good money after bad. I am sympathetic to the problems being experienced there but I have only one word for you: Katrina. Charity begins at home. Let's fix things on the ground here before we give away the store again. Of course, the rich are free to give away as much of their wealth (earned or otherwise) as they wish, and I encourage them to fund Haiti's rebuilding as much as possible.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  72. Nick

    Well...... it certainly does seem gloom and doomy. I mean, this thread taken together with the reporting seen on tv, does have a depressing effect.

    So, for those convinced the world is crashing down around us, take heart. It isn't.

    As proof, I offer this to look forward to:
    The New Orleans Saints are going to the Superbowl. And as if that weren't good enough by itself....
    Pete Townsend will be there at the half time show!

    Life is getting better 🙂

    January 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  73. J

    Do not ever speak of donations to me. I donate heavily every two weeks. It comes out of my paychecks automatically. It takes food out of my kids mouths and clothes off my kids backs. Maybe the U.S. government should stop subsidizing the baby factory that is known as Haiti. Pay attention, their only commodity is human babies for adoption. They view America with contempt behind closed doors and they embrace Castro and Cuba as though it were shangri-la.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  74. Steve Fortgang

    Christiane –
    CNN did a report that Israel was the only surgically capable field hospital in Haiti as well as the first one's who were up and running even before America.

    What was not reported however was that The reporters shock is apparent as she tours the Israeli facility with full imaging equipment, ventilators, and functional operating rooms. Israel, coming from half a world away, got a fully functional hospital set up by Saturday, while the American hospital, coming from Haiti's backyard, is not more than a first aid unit.

    Not well known, is that Israel was denied landing clearance by the Americans controlling the airport. After a 14 hour flight they were to be diverted to the Dominican Republic. Somehow the Israeli pilot found out about my friend's brother, a prominent and wealthy Jewish man whose family has been in Haiti for generations. He has many businesses there, and even though he could leave, decided to stay to help. From the cockpit, the pilot called my friend's brother by satellite phone and he directed the plane to an open field on his property. The Israeli pilot landed a Hercules (that is one big plane!) between two warehouses in an open field and it was offloaded there. They were operational 18 hours later. That's getting the job done!

    Please try and report this incident. I"m sure the world doesn't know
    that this happened or is it that this could be an embarrassment for America??? Please try and report this.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  75. David

    I'm sure we will make an attempt at nation building in Haiti. We are way past political correctness on this issue. However, I could support it if ... let's not simply feed them fish ... let's teach them to fish. Here's a call out to companies like Tom's shoes. Tom's has sold a lot of shoes (probably a 1/2 dozen pair in my house alone) on the premise that they will donate a pair to some third world country person for each pair sold. Where are the shoes made – my educated and reasonable guess is China. How about moving Tom's shoes production to Haiti? From what I've read they can pay the same low 3rd world wage in Haiti (about a dollar a day) as in China and actually make a difference in the western hemisphere in a country we feel morally obligated to help out. i.e. we'll be teaching them to fish as opposed to just fishing...

    January 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  76. priya bery

    Why not just do the right and let the future take care of it self. that is all anybody can do, regardless of all we wish or want.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  77. Lucian

    @DD and Herb
    Your ignorance is astounding. Have you been to Haiti? I have as a Peace Corp Volunteer. I have seen 3 year old girls and boys carry buckets of water on their heads up mountainous terrain without shoes early in the morning (5am). DD, I know you can appreciate that since you have been through Basic Military Training. Thank God that your parents were able to immigrate to U.S. but do know how hard it is for a Haitian doctor to get a visa? My advice to you both is to comment about subjects you know, read more books and travel.

    BTW, the problem in Haiti is knowledge. This can be overcome.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  78. jon

    It is in our best interest and the Haitians best interest to help them. They are our back door and friends there is a good thing.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  79. mannyvel

    Let the UN deal with reconstruction.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  80. bpjt

    As a Haitian-American, I am hurt by what I see. The Haitian government basically did absolutely nothing to help its people. I hear now they want to take charge of rebuilding Haiti? Where were they when we needed them. I hope the U.S. is smart enough and not hand the Haitian government a dime. They are all corrupt and will only spend the money on themselves, not those in need. This is an ongoing problem and the U.S. is aware of it. Yes, they should employ Haitian workers or companies and but they should have not have any access to any money coming from abroad.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  81. kent mccoy

    There is a growing sentiment in the United States that laissez faire capitalism makes an excellent servant for expansion and development but a lousy master. Our current growth model is a product of a fixation with private sector omnipotence stemming from national origins that correctly place great value on individualism, entrepreneurship and expediency . Few people would disagree with these beliefs which have contributed greatly to our wealth and statue on the world scene.

    That said I also believe that America has gotten the mix (very) wrong when it comes to how regional development actually occurs and more specifically who guides or controls it. Euro-Asian growth models are frequently quite different from the US in that they employ development corporations to purchase land for growth–plan its shape and outline and dictate to the private sector who develops it and exactly how all of this will fit together (eg. infrastructure–open space–variable density housing-commercial industrial etc.)

    Many experienced people in planning and development at the very large scale believe the development corporation approach is far more productive than the corresponding US land use–zoning–code enforcement structure that the public sector is limited to in the United States.

    Also see
    Munford–Lewis: The Culture of Cities
    Serene–Paul: LeCorbusier in Perspective
    Blake–Peter: God's Own Junkyard–The Planned Destruction of American Cities
    McCoy–Kent: Landscape Planning for a New Australian Town–(based on the world renowned Canberra Y Model)

    January 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  82. DD

    @Nick for Sasha, thank you for your comments. I am Catholic and Trinidad is primarily a Catholic country. Birth control must be put in place in certain situations as they did in China. It makes sense to limit the amount of children especially when there's not enough food or good living conditions for yourself.

    @Lucian. I've been to Haiti in 2000 and the poverty and the people's way of life and way of thinking was the same then as it is now. And, by the way, my family was on waiting list for many years before immigrating to the US. But, while they were waiting, they did whatever they could find to work. They stayed busy, stayed employed.

    They were all born during the Great Depression on that island. They too lived in the country. I was at my mothers side while she carried buckets of water, washed clothes at the river bank, had one pair of slippers to her name, cooked on a coal pot. Been there, done that.
    But guess what? They saved every penny earned. They all came, aunts, uncles alike on a Student Visa to study, learn a trade and get a degree in order to help themselves. No hand-outs. Ever.

    Yes, I agree the problem with Haiti is a "lack of knowledge" or for that matter, ignorance. In rebuilding the country they must also rebuild each individual. They must be educated. Be taught a trade. Be able to have any sense of self-satisfaction or self-gratification at the end of the day. Then and only then, will they be able to live productive lives.

    Hard work makes for a healthy mind.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  83. Nick

    @ DD....

    .... DD January 25th, 2010 2059 GMT

    @Nick for Sasha, thank you for your comments. I am Catholic and Trinidad is primarily a Catholic country. Birth control must be put in place in certain situations as they did in China. It makes sense to limit the amount of children especially when there's not enough food or good living conditions for yourself.

    Thanks for the reply...

    Each country should do what is right for them. I have no problems with what China. It's needed and it works for China.
    I do have a problem with attaching religion to what is a secular problem.

    And my question was, "So, we must be Catholic to be orderly?"
    Which you failed to address. I thought that was your point. But either way, I wish you well.


    January 26, 2010 at 2:01 am | Reply
  84. Uwe Kochanneck - Engineer for new strategies

    Dear Mrs. Amanpour,
    Haiti's future is not only determined by the portion of capital investment but even more by the right re-building strategy. The reconstruction concepts should not again more or less ignore, that Haiti is and remains an earthquake prone area. As such, main attention must be directed to the future building concepts for whatever purpose, but not to forget the normal houses for every family and citizen. Every new building must be safe against earthquakes, floods and hurricanes and moreover energy supplied by wind, solar and sea power which has the region in abundance. The right building concept application will be even more cost efficient than the conventional may be.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  85. geman

    Why don"t any one talk about this blogger response (Ikram Khan) there is massive oil reserves in Haiti. Well since this is true, Haiti will then be an energy producing nation. According to a report, Haiti has oil that will last for a centurie. Haiti will be the next Saudi Arabia the report said. I don't think nation building will be a problem at all. America will lovingly help rebuild Haiti. Why don't CNN adress the real issue of OILS in Haiti?

    February 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Reply
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